The online fund initially set up to send Karen on a vacation is up to nearly $650,000:
The campaign, originally intended to send her off on “a vacation of a lifetime,” has long surpassed its goal of $5,000.
So how will she use her money? “What would anybody do with that much money?” she said.
She’ll invest some, she said, and donate to charity. The grandmother of eight has plenty of family, and “they need, they need, they need,” added Klein, who isn’t sure if she’ll return to her job come fall.
But for Klein, who has since received apologies from some of the students on the bus, the outpouring of support has spanned beyond dollar signs.
“What I am glad about is the fact that it has come out, and everyone knows what goes on,” she said. “I’ve gotten so many notes from people who have been bullied, who’ve been very hurt, and my heart goes out to these people.”